Monday, July 1, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Bakersfield woman to head to Corcoran prison

Fresno Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that a Bakersfield woman is the first female warden of California State Prison-Corcoran, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.

Kern Valley State Prison helps donate 1M cell phone minutes to troops
Minutes are gained by recycling smuggled phones
Christine Dinh, ABC23

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - 'Cell Phones for Soldiers' was started by a pair of 12 and 13-year-old siblings from Massachusetts who saw the need for soldiers to be able to call home without worrying about how much it cost.

Governor asks for delay in freeing 10K Calif. prison inmates; wants appeal to US Supreme Court
Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — Gov. Jerry Brown's administration on Friday asked a panel of federal judges to delay its order that California release nearly 10,000 additional inmates by year's end, granting him time to appeal the decision to the nation's high court.

Care of sick inmates at center of court battle
Don Thompson, Associate Press

STOCKTON, Calif. – California prison officials dedicated an $839 million inmate medical complex Tuesday, even as they face a new round of court-imposed mandates that are complicating efforts to run one of the nation’s largest penal systems.


San Quentin inmates graduate from Baptist seminary program
Megan Hansen, Marin Independent Journal

Gospel music rang out Friday from the small chapel at San Quentin State Prison as seven inmates celebrated their graduation from the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary's prison program by singing and praying -- and one even proposed to his girlfriend.

34 years to life for role in deadly robbery attempt
Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

The lookout in an attempted Meadowview methamphetamine robbery that turned into a fatal, predawn backyard brawl was sentenced Friday to 34 years to life in prison.

Fresno man sentenced to prison for running over homeless panhandler
Pablo Lopez, The Fresno Bee

A 22-year-old Fresno man was sentenced Friday in Fresno County Superior Court to 16 years and four months in prison for running over a homeless man during a high-speed police pursuit two years ago.


ATAA to oppose parole of Armenian terrorist Hampig 'Harry' Sassounian


The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA), America's leading and largest democratically-elected Turkish heritage membership organization, has submitted a dossier in opposition to the release of Armenian terrorist, Hampig "Harry" Sassounian, whose parole hearing will take place on July 3 at San Quentin Prison, near San Francisco, California.

Southern California man convicted of killing girlfriend, stuffing her in suitcase
The Associated Press

MURRIETA, California — A Riverside County man has been convicted of killing his girlfriend then stuffing her into a suitcase he left at a motel.

The District Attorney's office says a jury Thursday found 28-year-old Joseph David Dorsey guilty of one count of first-degree murder.


Grand Jury gives Butte realignment mixed review

Dan Reidel,

OROVILLE — Butte County has done well implementing Assembly Bill 109, but the annual Grand Jury report said the jail is still overcrowded and the county must address the medical needs of those in the jail system.

Officials Oppose Early Release of Prisoners

Court-ordered move may strain county resources
Dana Littlefield, U-T San Diego

In the two years since the phrase “public safety realignment” became part of California’s plan to ease prison overcrowding, local and state officials seem to have spent as much time and energy explaining what it is as they have what it isn’t. 

County jails morphing to ‘felony prisons'?
Teri Sforza, Orange County Register

Some Orange County jails are crammed with twice as many inmates as they should ideally hold – and many of these inmates are more violent and have more mental health and drug issues than in the past, according to a jarring probe by the Orange County grand jury.

Arrest highlights AB 109 concerns
Oceano man, out on probation, is linked to Nipomo homicide
Niki Cervantes, Santa Maria Times

A deadly brawl and subsequent high-speed chase through Santa Maria that resulted in the arrest Sunday of an Oceano man who was out on the streets as a result of the California Public Safety Realignment Act, illustrates the threat posed by the law, according to local law enforcement.


Maldonado uses Hollywood killing to raise money
By Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

The stabbing death of a woman who attempted to take photographs of the homeless on Hollywood's Walk of Fame is being seized by a potential candidate for governor -- even if the crime doesn't fit his campaign.


Our View: Health facility near Stockton will improve inmates' care
Merced Sun-Star

Some Californians think that state prison inmates are pampered. A federal judge didn't see it that way at all, and in 2006 ordered California to substantially improve the medical treatment provided to inmates and to reduce prison overcrowding.

Visiting editors on freed prisoners, dogs in summer and FFA
GiGi DeVault, The Modesto Bee

Let's say you live in suburbia near unsettled public land. Black bears sometimes find their way into your yard, your dog's food bowl on the porch, the bird feeder, compost pile or garbage cans. Your phone calls eventually connect you to the proper Fish and Wildlife authority. If the bear is not habituated to humans, it may be relocated to a place where the catalysts for the bear's problem behavior are not present. All this occurs at considerable expense to the state, but experts recognize that the same environmental conditions will lead to the same bad bear behavior. Now, let's say you have been released from prison after serving your term. You get $200 at the gate minus the cost of your new clothes, meds you need and public transportation to … well, anyplace else. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Parolee Information Handbook cautions you: "Do not waste this money. Gate money should be used for needs like food, a room, and travel." Your gate money is considerably less than the expense of relocating a Category 1 bear.

Do more for state’s children

We wrote about the California prison situation the other day, and how the governor is battling the federal government over the prison population.